What is Microsoft VDA Licensing?

In this session I describe what Microsoft Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) Licensing is, when it’s required, when it’s not, when one needs RDS CALs, and how SA on the Client Workstation affects things.

Categories: Licensing, VDI

Rapid Virtual Desktop Provisioning / Cloning with Microsoft SCVMM, Hyper-V and Quest vWorkspace

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Last week I took some time to record two new youtube videos of Quest vWorkspace automating Microsoft SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager).  Quest vWorkspace is a Connection Broker for VDI, Terminal Server and Physical PCs and has hooks into SCVMM, RD Session Host, App-V and non-Microsoft platforms like VMware vCenter and Parallels Virtuozzo.

Since I work on the Microsoft Partner Alliance at Quest’s Desktop Virtualization Group, I get to spend lots of time working with Hyper-V and SCVMM, so I recorded these videos to show what I could do with my little demo environment (Dell Precision M6500 Core i7 with 16GB RAM, 250GB SATA, 128GB SSD and NVidia Quadro FX 3800M Display Adapter (for RemoteFX)).

In the first video I narrate using Quest vWorkspace to rapidly provision / clone 3 new Windows 7 Virtual Desktops and in the second video I rapidly provision 10 new Windows 7 Virtual Desktops and then reprovision 2 of the Virtual Desktops to show that vWorkspace can automate SCVMM to redeploy VMs from a SCVMM Template while retaining the original VMs Active Directory identity and SCVMM VM Settings.

All of this capability is native to SCVMM, but only accessible via powershell, so Quest Software (the company where I work) automates the whole process for you.


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Demonstrating SCVMM Cloning/Provisioning without an Internet Connection

January 28, 2011 Leave a comment

If you ever need to demonstrate SCVMM 2008 R2 Provisioning (via Template) or via 3rd Party Product like Quest vWorkspace, the SCVMM Server has to have an Wired Internet Connection (not Wifi/WLAN.  This has bugged me for quite some time as at my home office everything works great, but if I take my Uber-Notebook with me to a conference, provisioning fails unless I have a hard-wired Internet Connection.

The error message in SCVMM is:

Error (2944): VMM is unable to complete the requested operation because the server name [Insert Server Name Here] can not be resolved.

The error message is the same in Quest vWorkspace:

One needs a hard wired Internet Connection because Hyper-V and SCVMM don’t support Wireless Cards. Since I use a DHCP Server on one of my VMs, I really don’t want to be plugged into someone’s network

So after months of mucking around I finally found a workaround.  On my SCVMM Server, if I disable the “Microsoft ISATAP Adapter”, this check for an Internet Connection does not appear to happen and my VM Provisioning works perfectly.

So now I can be connected to the Internet (or not) via WiFi, have my Virtual Network Adapter bound to my Physical NIC and it works perfectly.  The additional bonus is that because my DHCP Server is on a VM that’s bound to the physical adapter, I don’t have to worry about WiFi/WLAN users on the same subnet depleting my DHCP Scope.

This also means I don’t have to carry a pocket router with me to plug my notebook into.  I used to do this so I’d always connect my physical NIC to the same NAT IP Address and protect all of my VMs from getting re-IPed on a different subnet.

So far so good!  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Below are screenshots of what SCVMM and Quest vWorkspace look like when provisioning is working.

Categories: Hyper-V, SCVMM

Configuring Failover Clustering for Hyper-V

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

As I do more and more VDI Deployments on Hyper-V and SCVMM, it has become very apparent that configuring failover clustering for Hyper-V is not something that many people know how to do.  With that in mind, I wanted to share some helpful links to assist with this configuration:

Using Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

Deploying Cluster Shared Volumes in 2008 R2 Failover Clustering

Using Live Migration with Cluster Shared Volumes in Server 2008 R2

Utilize Desktop Virtualization to Migrate to Windows 7 in Time and Under Budget

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Webcast today at 1PM EST – Utilize Desktop Virtualization to Migrate to Windows 7 in Time and Under Budget. http://bit.ly/aZvgkD

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Quest EOP Xtream ignites Microsoft RemoteFX at TechEd Europe 2010

November 8, 2010 Leave a comment

On November 8th, Microsoft’s TechEd Europe kicks off in Berlin. At Quest we’re particularly excited as top systems consultants from our Desktop Virtualization Group will be working at the Microsoft RemoteFX Partner Pavillion. In the Pavilion, they will be demonstrating how vWorkspace and EOP Xtream accelerate RDP 7.1 with RemoteFX to deliver excellent “like-local PC experience” over highly latent networks.

EOP Xtream extends the native functionality of RemoteFX so it consistently delivers very high frame rates and the type of end user experience demanded by employees. When using RemoteFX and EOP Xtream on a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Remote Desktop Virtualization Host or a Remote Desktop Session Host, end users get access to the type of rich computing experience that previously was only available on the local PC.

With EOP Xtream and RemoteFX, IT no longer has to treat remote users as second class citizens. A full Windows 7 experience can be remoted to users on local or remote networks. If you’re going to be at TechEd Europe, stop by the Partner Pavilion at booth RFX2 to see a demo.

LG and Microsoft Partner to deliver RemoteFX enabled displays

September 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Reuters has reported that LG (display manufacturer) will deliver new LCD Displays with embedded RemoteFX ASIC Decoders.  What does this mean?  In a nutshell I take it that the monitors will also have keyboard, mouse and USB connections so they can be used as Thin Client computers with Server 2008 R2 SP1 RD Session host or RD Virtualization Host.

It’ll be interesting how this affects things like XBox and Windows Media Center Edition


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